What a comeback!
Naomi Osaka wins her second US Open after putting on an amazing fightback to beat Victoria Azarenka, with a 1-6 6-3 6-3 victory, inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 22-year-old Japanese superstar, who is already the highest-earning female athlete in the world, adds another £2.3million in prize money to her fortune while she becomes the first Asian player to win three major titles, surpassing Chinese trailblazer Li Na.
After the match, Naomi recalling the differences between Saturday’s win and her first in 2018, said:
“I feel like two years ago, I maybe would have folded being down a set and a break. But I think, all the matches that I played in between that time shaped me and made me or forced me to mature more. Especially all the matches that I’ve played here were very tough.
“I think definitely I’m more of a complete player now. I feel like I’m more aware of what I’m doing.
“I wasn’t thinking about winning after a certain while,” Osaka said. “I thought, ‘I came here with a goal, I’m playing in the final, a lot of people want to be in this final, so I can’t lose 6-1, 6-0.”
She wore masks with different names for each of her seven matches to honor Black victims of violence, “The point is to make people start talking,” she says. “For me, just spreading awareness,” she added.
It’s definitely a final to remember.
This is Osaka’s second title in three years and she also bagged her third Grand Slam title overall. Congratulations Osaka!